A visual storyteller in the Nigerian media, an image capturing group called Photojournalists Association of Nigeria (PJAN), Lagos State chapter on Thursday, November 23rd paid a courtesy visit to the Lagos State Ministry of Information and seek collaboration with the government department.
The newly elected PJAN executives and some elders of the association were gladly received by the Director, Public Affairs in the ministry, Segun Ogundeji on behalf of the Permanent Secretary, Olumide Shogunle who later joined the meeting. The Permanent Secretary stood in for the Honourable Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, who was out on official duties.
Ogundeji welcomed the visitors and introduced the senior members of the ministry present during the meeting which includes, Director, Features/Editor, Alausa Alert, Tayo Ogunbiyi, Director, Strategy Center, Kayode Oyekanmi, Assistant Director/ Head, ICT Monisola Ayejoto and others.
Speaking during the August meeting, PJAN vice chairman, David Adejo reeled out one by one the purpose of the meeting on behalf of the chairman, Princess Alaba Igbaroola, who was unavoidably absent.
According to Adejo, the meeting afforded the new EXCOs to familiarize themselves with the Ministry and seek collaboration with the government agency on how to improve the practice of photojournalism in the state.
The PJAN vice chairman also pleaded with Ministry’s management to allow their staff cameramen and photojournalists working in ministry to join PJAN, and also to attend the association’s monthly meeting. By so doing, their staff will be open to partake in the regular activities of the association, including regular seminars, trainings, exhibitions and exposure to modern trend in the practice of photojournalism.
In a statement made available to the public by PJAN, co-sign by vice chairman, David Adejo and the Secretary, Kazeem Bakenne, stated that the highly robust and interactive discussion with the ministry was illuminating, hopeful and fruitful.
The content of the letter by PJAN Secretary was quoted as saying that the meeting was: “for the progress of the association and betterment of the ministry and by extension, the Lagos State Government in areas of information dissemination, training and regular collaboration”.
Earlier, the PJAN EXCO lead had introduced all the PJAN entronage to the ministry and gatherings.The PJAN wish the ministry inclusion in further engagement of the association in official functions, mostly before, during and after as the case may be.
Other contributors expanciate on the mode of operandi of the association, seek for initiatives that can compliment the historical relevance, serve as visual index references to the state being the ‘centre of excellence’ in Nigeria.
Among the elders, leaders in the visual information gathering in Nigeria and mostly Lagos that accompanied the new PJAN executives to the meeting include: immediate past PJAN chairman, Otunba Kolawole Olasupo, his predecessor, Mr. Ademola Akinlabi, the PJAN inhouse Photo Instructor, Mr. Sunday Adedeji, leader, Kola Akinro and another member Mr. Kehinde Shonola.
Also, other PJAN EXCO present at this special collaborative moves are: the PJAN Assistant Secretary, Abiodun Omotosho, Financial Secretary, Adeleke Adebanjo and the Internal Auditor, Paul Timothy.
From left: Senior Photo Editor, Tell Magazine, Sunday Adedeji; Secretary, Photojournalists Association of Nigeria, Lagos chapter, Kazeem Bakenne; Vice Chairman, Pjan, Lagos chapter, David Adejo; Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Information and Strategy; Olumide Shogunle; Director, Public Affairs, Adesegun Ogundeji; Director, Public Enlightenment, Goke Folatan, during a courtesy visit by members of PJAN, Lagos branch to the Ministry on…Thursday.